Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico

Comprehensive Municipal Solid Waste Collection and Final Disposal Project for Agua Prieta, Sonora

Status: Completed


The population of Agua Prieta increased from 20,754 to 60,000 between 1970 and 1998, due to significant growth in the maquiladora industry in the area. This growth resulted in a backlog of urban infrastructure and public services, especially with respect to public maintenance.


This project included the following components:

  • Constructing and equipping a new sanitary landfill, in accordance
    with existing regulations.
  • Restructuring the waste collection service by redesigning routes
    and purchasing additional collection trucks.
  • Closing the existing open air dump.
  • Strengthening the institutional capacity of the municipal
    administration in terms of waste collection and disposal to
    facilitate efficient system management and operation.
  • Constructing secondary projects, including: access roads, control
    booth, surface drainage system, scales, fence surrounding
    property, signs, restrooms, landscaping, and structures to contain
    light materials.
  • Purchasing equipment.


This project will help reduce environmental and health risks by adequately disposing of the city’s municipal garbage and by covering the existing open air dump. Reduced smoke and odors will also help the neighboring city of Douglas, Arizona, comply with U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency air quality standards.

Project Financing

Total Project Cost US 1.91M
NADBank Funding US 0.45M - NADBank Loan
Other Funding Partners Loan & Guaranty Program
Institutional Cooperation Development Program (IDP)
The Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL)